BEHIND THE Q | Welcome to Newel Antiques

BEHIND THE Q | Welcome to Newel Antiques

Since 1939, Newel Antiques has been an insider’s resource for an incredible selection of wide-ranging decorative and fine arts. Originally founded by Meyer Newman as a prop house for Broadway shows, Newel is still, four generations later, a major supplier for the entertainment industry, from TV shows such as Sex and the City, Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire to movies including The Godfather and The Thomas Crown Affair. But Newel Antiques is also a favorite among designers and style mongers who stalk its vast holdings for finds among its 45,ooo square feet of merchandise.

In 2011, Newel partnered with gallery owner Guy Regal to revitalize the legacy.…

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Yves Delorme Spring 2013 | Postcards from Tropics

Yves Delorme Spring 2013 | Postcards from Tropics

I am a longtime fan of Yves Delorme‘s beautiful linens and home accessories. Since 1845 they have been creating luxurious bedding, robes, towels and table linens that eloquently express the French art de vivre.  Before the holidays I had a chance to preview their lovely new offerings in their light-filled loft showroom in New York.

For spring the theme is Postcards from Tropics with colors reminiscent of Miami and south. Postcard, above, is indeed a tropical paradise with bamboo canes and parakeets printed on white cotton sateen, coordinating with the elegantly soothing Tropics, a lagoon colored subtle leaf pattern. Postcard, with the signature parakeet and bamboo, is also available on honeycomb for the guest towels and terry for the rest of the bath.…

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Meet Me at AmericasMart

Meet Me at AmericasMart

I am thrilled to share that next week I will be speaking at the AmericasMart Gift and Home Furnishings Market in Atlanta. Not only have I never attended this event, but have never been to Atlanta! I’m looking forward to staying with one of my oldest friends who I rarely get to see. And bonus is she lives in a beautiful Suzanne Kasler designed house!

I have heard many wonderful things about the welcoming spirit at this show. With a winning combination of permanent showrooms and trade shows throughout the year, the uniquely integrated buildings make navigating this show a pleasure.…

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Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

Winter Antiques Show Young Collectors Night

One of the annual highlights of the beginning of the year is the The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Widely considered America’s most prestigious antiques show, the popular Young Collectors Night is always a much anticipated venue for “new collectors, emerging philanthropists, and art and design enthusiasts.”

Held this year on January 31 from 7-9pm, the evening offers a private viewing of the show as well as the opportunity to meet New York magazine’s Design Editor and Chairwoman of the Interior Design Committee, Wendy Goodman. Also in attendance will be more than 80 of the country’s best known interior designers, who will be illustrating the freshest ways to incorporate classic antique designs into more modern decors.…

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House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

House Beautiful Makeovers | Timeless on Park Avenue

The February House Beautiful is all about makeovers. Whether easy and casual, timeless or happy and fun, each project explains its challenges and the solutions found.

Although designer Tom Samet has generally worked on country houses, a project in a Rosario Candela building on Park Avenue offered him an opportunity to add a little formality to his repertoire. His clients had just purchased this classic pre-war apartment featuring beautiful proportions and large rooms. But it was bland and tired, with a long, rectangular living room and not quite enough light. He and partner Ross Meltzer updated the apartment with exotic wallcoverings, mirrored walls and statement pieces like the Egyptian Revival sideboard below.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

Quintessential Guide to Champagne

It has become a tradition here, in preparation for New Year’s Eve, to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. Long time readers may want to glance it over as a refresher and hop to the end to see the new inclusions. But since many of you are new to Quintessence this year, I offer this essential guide to champagne as a year end treat!!

Although we don’t have Wednesday Wines very often these days, I would still like to thank my compatriot in tasting, Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, for the incredibly informative and insightful take on the history and making of our favorite festive drink!…

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Coupe or Flute | The Champagne Glass Dilemma

Coupe or Flute | The Champagne Glass Dilemma

Each year I update this post discussing the age old champagne dilemma, coupe or flute or even tulip with some new suggestions! I have cited Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, before, who, in the New York Times, had discussed his preferences. Not only did he voice his opinion (which of course I agree with) that Americans drink too little champagne but he also had strong thoughts about what glass to serve it in.

He admits that although flutes are “great for presentation and showcase bubbles beautifully, from the tasting standpoint, the shape isn’t ideal.” He prefers something rounder on the bottom that tapers on top like this Baccarat Remy stem.…

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At the Movies | Metropolitan

At the Movies | Metropolitan

Metropolitan is a quirky gem of an indie movie offering a look at the holiday season through the lens of a group of preppy young Manhattan socialites on the debutante circuit. If this sounds off-putting, just think of the subject in the hands of a drier-humored Woody Allen or early Eric Roehmer with a dose of Wes Anderson to get the idea. From 1990, Whit Stillman’s debut film is subtle, witty and heady with a healthy dose of ironic cynicism.

This is a film that sneaks up on you. If you think you might not care about this specific subgroup of self-concious “Urban Haute Bourgeoisie,” sit tight and give this low-key dialogue driven film a chance.…

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The Museum of Bags and Purses

The Museum of Bags and Purses

Yes, you read that right. I am happy to report that there is actually a Museum of Bags and Purses. My sister recently took a trip to Amsterdam where she visited this unique design destination. The largest bag museum in the world, housing purses from the late Middle Ages to the present, it is located in a charming restored 17th century canal house that is a story in and of itself. And since, in 2013, Amsterdam will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the construction of its ring of canals, much more information will be available about the history of the families who resided in this historic structure.…

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Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

Wishing everyone who celebrates the very Merriest, from our table to yours!!

 

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